Twenty MEPs including José Bové and the President of the GUE / NGL Gabriele Zimmer, called on the Council of Europe to put the Kurdish question on the agenda of the Council. The deputies said the Kurdish question and its solution is indeed a “European problem”.
In a petition addressed to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, parliamentarians drew attention to the hunger strikes conducted in Strasbourg and in Turkish prisons.
Kurds are on an unlimited hunger strike since 1 March in the St. Maurice Church in Strasbourg, while a thousand political prisoners in Kurdish begin unlimited strike, 400 of them since mid- February. Health of the hunger strikers is worringly and quickly deteriorating.
MEPs ask the Council of Europe to consider the cry of the Kurds in Turkey and to respond favorably to their demands.
Here is the full text of the letter:
“Mr. Secretary General,
Since 2009, trampling unrestrained democracy and freedoms, the Turkish government has jailed nearly 9,000 Kurds, including 6 members, 31 mayors, 96 journalists, 36 lawyers, 183 leaders of the BDP (Party for Peace and Democracy ), trade unionists, human Rights, students, … and nearly 2,000 children, known as “children throwing stones,” are currently in prison. Weiterlesen